From a world-renowned contemporary art museum and performing arts venues to a wealth of public art and immersive, hands-on spaces, Overland Park is a delight for arts and culture aficionados.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an architectural marvel on the Johnson County Community College campus. Inside the limestone-clad building designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo, the Nerman includes 11 galleries on two levels that house the museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits. Incredible works of art await around every turn, including an enchanting installation of 60,000 white LED lights by artist Leo Villareal that welcomes visitors in the museum’s entrance.
One of Overland Park’s most popular (and photographed) works of art is the Museum at Prairiefire’s exterior, designed by architect Jonathan Kharfen of Verner Johnson, Inc., to evoke the movement and intensity of prairie fire burns that regularly scorch and renew Kansas fields.
If you prefer your dinner with a side of live theater, you’ll love Overland Park’s New Theatre Restaurant, a nationally acclaimed dinner theater that welcomes Broadway-style musicals and comedies. Now in the midst of its 25th season, the New Theatre Restaurant is a hit with first-time visitors and regular attendees alike.
Overland Park is home to a number of other arts and culture attractions, including the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens’ permanent sculpture collection, downtown Overland Park art galleries and, for those who love the art of food, the Culinary Center of Kansas City, a renovated buggy barn that hosts more than 600 cooking classes annually. Whatever sort of arts and culture you prefer, Overland Park has a masterpiece that awaits.